Spontaneous abortion after midtrimester amniocentesis

I. James Park, Richard H. Heller, Robert M. Kaiser, Howard W. Jones

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Of 371 consecutive patients who underwent midtrimester diagnostic amniocentesis, 8 subsequently aborted spontaneously (2.2%), and 1 had a stillbirth at 24 weeks of gestation (0.17%). In 3 of the 9 patients who suffered fetal loss, infection appears to have played a significant role. Whereas midtrimester diagnostic amniocentesis is widely considered to be a safe and accurate procedure, the possibility of hazard to the patient and her fetus remains and should be considered during the preliminary counseling session.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-194
Number of pages5
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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